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Surf 'n Sun Guesthouse & Restaurant
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“Brillant”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

Stayed here in the off season as had come to photograph birds at the Kumana Wildlife Reserve. I had an excellent tour around Kumana in the owner's jeep. He was most knowledgeable and helpful and I had a most enjoyable time. The guest house has a number of cabanas with their own little garden around each cabana. It is the most attractive guest house that I managed to find in Arugam Bay - thoughtfully planned and attractive. The rooms were clean, service was excellent and the staff welcoming, most helpful and obliging. Would have no hesitations in recommending this to anyone looking for a good place to stay and who wants a good tour of the wildlife park.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

Surf & sun is one of the beautiful place in A bay. garden restaurant is amazing with trees, lights & good atmosphere. and of cause, cool music :) staff is friendly and the food is excellent. i use to go hang around in surf & sun when i'm in Arugmabay. i just like it there very much :D

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

We didnt stay in cabanas, had only dinner and drinks in the restaurant. It is probably nicest place to eat in Arugam bay, garden is designer masterpiece. Lights, chairs, trees, decorations, everything simply "clicks" together and make cozy atmosphere. We had prawns which were delicious. It is definitely must if you are in Arugam bay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paris
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Even if not located on the 1st line, the hotel is very near the beach anyway,
Very relaxing / clean / romantic / inspiring place with nice cabanas...
Food is also very good and personal helpful and friendly.
Be cool, stay here!
PS: but only advise, do not let food in you cabanas, as some nice squirrel may then want to visit your cabana!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

We were very happy with the accomodation! We felt very welcome, the stuff was helpful and the cabanas are really nice... Everything is really clean, but more than that, the garden is set up very nicely. We often felt like hanging around in the lounge and have a chat with other people... And on top if that, Arugam Bay is a very nice and magic place, with different surf spots, but also nice if you just want to walk around or have a swim in the Indian Ocean... :-)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We were lucky to get a cabana for 2 nights due to a problem with their bookings - they were full up for the rest of July and August. Surf n sun is across the road from the beach side - but opposite some of the more busy bars/eating places. The cabana itself was lovely - hammock and deck chairs on a private terrace in the gardens, clean, large comfy 4 poster bed with mosquito net and en suite shower room. The cabanas are in lovely gardens, with a yummy restaurant and fab chill out areas with morrocan type lighting in the trees. Significantly less biting insects there than the rest of Arugam Bay as they smoke them out - which makes it even more relaxing! Friendly, helpful staff. Only issue was a little mouse that got in the room as the en-suite bathroom has a little outdoor bit (which is a nice feature) - didn't bother me and it soon ran off, just bothered my mouse-phobic friend :) . Would really recommend this place - possibly the nicest in Arugam Bay

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Absolutely the best place I have stayed at during my trips over the year. This place has it all: lovely staff, Superb food, Best hangout place for relaxation... The BIG garden is like a magical hideaway, I will strongly recommend everyone to check out this place. You will Not regret.

The owner Saman is a charming, funny local surfer who has put his heart in all the details of this place, something you feel and see when you see this lovely place.

We stayed here from the 16.07-21.07 2013.

/ Malin from Sweden

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Surf 'n Sun Guesthouse & Restaurant
Address: Mainstreet, Arugam Bay, Pottuvil, Arugam Bay 32500, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Eastern Province > Arugam Bay > Pottuvil
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Ranked #6 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Pottuvil
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Number of rooms: 6
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